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Originally made for European TV, this achieved cult status when finally screened in Britain thanks to Eric Thompson's narration. Yes, it was Emma Thompson's dad who turned this into such a smash and the whole thing was rejigged again in 1990 when Nigel Planer took the voice over duties.
Still great fun for those kids who have now grown up and are watching it with their own children.
The animation is simple but effective and Thompson's scripts are deliciously witty. His voices for ever pompous Dougal, the sugar- munching dog and cocky Brian the snail never fail to engage.
Other characters such as Florence, Ermintrude the cow and Dylan, the hippy rabbit help round out one of the finest kids shows ever.
Track down Dougal and the Blue Cat if you want some feature length fun. Failing that, the five minute adventures are great fillers.
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